If it were that easy, you wouldn't be reading this text, would you? Truth be told, after all those hours spent at the office and your mind being occupied with all sorts of meetings, plans, arrangements and constant influx of new information, it is little wonder one has lost the habit of simply turning into free time mode the moment they leave the office building. On the bright side, it's good that you have recognized your need for a good rest, and you are more than ready to try out some of our suggestions.
Even though you choose to wear comfortable clothes to work, remove them the moment you get home. They will subconsciously remind you of all the obligations you had to do that day. Have a nice, relaxing shower (or maybe a bubble bath even), and slip into your favorite comfy tracksuit to really feel at home.
Depending on what kind of person you are, you can take up different activities. For some, yoga, Pilates or zumba are exactly what they need. Controlled movements in a calm environment or joyously dancing to music have invigorating effects. For the others, there is no better way to shake the stress away than by lifting heavy weights. Feeling physically strong helps you feel good about yourself, and by putting focus on the technique and your movements you are avoiding to think about what you did at work that day.
Unplug and unwind
Follow the latest trend and turn off your mobile phone, or at least switch off the internet. Perhaps you haven't noticed, but we have become too available these days. Try to be out of reach for some time. If anyone really needs you, they can use the landlines. Listen to some music, or read a book or a magazine. Or take a proper nap, without any buzzing around. You will feel refreshed and empowered after having chosen to step away from the world for a while.
Play online games
This is somewhat in contrast to the previous suggestion, but it also works like a charm if you recognize yourself in the following lines. Don't you sometimes need to do some simple activity that isn't too demanding, and yet it has your full attention? Playing games such as online bingo can be very beneficial. It's difficult to immediately step into the state of not thinking too much after a whole day of exchanging information, isn't it? Allow yourself some time to focus on something else completely, and this game playing will erase all the office problems from your mind, so you can focus on something more pleasant later.
Take a walk
You needn't have a lovely park for this activity, though it is desirable. Don't fret if your neighbourhood isn't one of the greenest in the country. Go for a stroll and enjoy the time spent outside. It is extremely soothing for the mind and body. You can go alone, listen to some music, or invite a friend or a family member to join you if you feel like it.
Family and friends
Speaking of which, people are social beings, so if you're feeling a bit low, perhaps you haven't been spending enough quality time with your loved ones. Choose your company carefully, though. If you know in advance the person is going to ramble about their own problems the whole time, you should give up on such energy vampires.
Seriously, smile. Find a way that will put that curved line on your face. Deliberately go for a funny, feel-good comedy film or series. Watch some YouTube videos which make you smirk, or even laugh out loud. It will do wonders for you.
There is something about deep breathing that immediately releases the tension. In case you're inexperienced at this, you can always find some guided meditation video on-line and truly let go.
These would be the least time-consuming and quickest solutions so far. Take your pick, and give it a try. Remember: even de-stressing takes some practice, so start making a habit of this as soon as possible.